Anantnag: Army on Thursday resorted to aerial firing to disperse students protesting alleged thrashing of a school bus driver in Wanpoh area of Anantnag district.
Witnesses said that the trouble started when an Army vehicle hit a school bus, whose driver subsequently got into a heated argument with the soldiers.
The army men, according to the witnesses, then proceeded to beat up the school driver, Nazir Ahmad, following which students of the local private educational institute, Shemford School, staged an anti-army protest.
Reports say that as the protests intensified, with many locals joining the protesting students, the army resorted to aerial firing. Some reports also suggest that army assaulted the students.
Witnesses said that armed forces deployed in the area resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protesters.
A student, identified as Sheezan of 10th standard, was hit by a teargas shell and was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag where he received several stitches in his head.
Traffic movement on the highway was affected because of the protests.